It. Goes. So. Fast.: The Year of No Do-Overs

Macmillan Audio. Apr. 2023. 7:01 hrs. ISBN 9781250882554. $19.99. MEMOIR
NPR reporter Kelly (The Bullet) captures an all-too-brief moment in her life as her eldest son begins his senior year of high school, and she realizes this will be her last chance for so many things with him, including the soccer games she usually has to miss because they happen while she’s on the air cohosting All Things Considered. She takes a sabbatical from NPR to be able to attend those soccer games and write this book, and reflects on being a mother, daughter, and wife while also being a globe-trotting journalist. Many will relate to her attempts to balance family and work—even if they haven’t been called by the school nurse about a sick child while reporting in a war zone. Kelly contrasts the early days of motherhood with the independence of her growing children and offers behind-the-scenes stories of her work. She also grapples with aging, hearing loss, the death of her father, and a disintegrating marriage. Kelly captivatingly narrates her own book; her emotion often comes through, making her words that much more affecting.
VERDICT A moving memoir with touching, humorous stories and expertly narrated insights on parenting and life.
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